St. Patrick's College – the local, boys' secondary school held its annual awards ceremony at the River Island Hotel on Thursday, May 23rd. Among the awards handed out was one which commemorates the late Jim Lyons and his huge contribution to the life of the school and the future of generations of students.
Jim Lyons taught English, History and Latin at St. Patrick's Secondary School, Castleisland for many years where his legacy still lives on.
"He is still talked about by those in the school who would have known him and by many parents. He is described as a gentleman who taught his subjects with great spirit and captivated his audiences with his wonderful knowledge and stories. Jim was principal of the school when he retired in 1989," said current principal, Denis O'Donovan.
The 2013 recipient of the Jim Lyons Award is Leaving Certificate student, Joseph Healy of Kilcusnan, Castleisland. This is the fifth year of this award which was presented to the school by the family of the late Mr. Lyons.
"Joseph is a very worthy recipient of this award as he has contributed greatly to the academic, life at the school over his five years and has excelled at all languages," said Mr. O'Donovan. Joseph, a son of Trisha (McCarthy) and Dermot Healy, hopes to pursue a career in Pharmacy on completion of his Leaving Certificate.